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“Lasting Impact” Video now Available for Showings

​To educate young drivers on the importance of staying safe behind the wheel, the Minnesota State Patrol created Lasting Impact, a video about a teen driver who made a fatal mistake.

LASTING IMPACT (TITLE SCREEN).pngIn December 2015 18-year-old Logan Maas, a Triton High School senior, was killed when he was ejected from the vehicle.

Lasting Impact - WEBSITE 1.pngLasting Impact includes interviews with the Maas family, the driver and school officials, and shows how one life lost can change a community forever.

Learn more about requesting a showing for your high school, driver education class or any organization that would find it valuable.

Seven Steps to Becoming a Trooper

State patrol patch on a trooper's uniformYou’ve made the decision.

You’ve done the research, and you’ve broken the news to your friends and family: You’ve decided to apply for the Minnesota State Patrol. And although you’re just itching to get out there and start making Minnesota’s roads safer, it’s going to be 11 months before any of that happens.

Why does it take so long to get hired? The State Patrol is looking for people who share its core values of respect, integrity, courage, honor and excellence. So there are seven steps you have to go through before you can get your badge. Learn what they are in our blog.

How to Share the Road with Trucks

A semi on a highway with cars behind it

An 80,000-pound vehicle traveling at 55 miles per hour needs 335 feet to stop. So if you pull out in front of a semi-truck on a county highway without giving it enough room, it doesn’t matter how alert that driver is. It doesn’t matter how quick their reflexes are or how recently their brakes were replaced. If they don’t have enough room to stop, there’s going to be a crash.

In our blog, you’ll learn what you can do to share the road safely with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).